Beef Chilli

I found this recipe in a book called Complete Mince Cookbook by Bridget Jones.  The original recipe contains kidney beans so here’s my modified paleo version.  You can cook up a large pot of this and freeze it.  We usually keep some in the freezer for weekdays when we don’t have much time or are too lazy to cook anything.  It’s very awesome served with baked sweet potato or sweet potato chips.

What you need:
500g beef mince
250g chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
2 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Home made meat (or vegetable) stock cube, or 2 sticks of celery finely chopped and 2 tbsp of mixed dried herbs
1 large or 2 small onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to cook it:
Fry the onions (and celery if not using the stock cube) in the oil until soft.
Add the fresh chilli, garlic, cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper and cook for about a minute.
Add the mince and cook until it is lightly browned all over.
If you are using the stock cube, add it to the pan, otherwise add the dried herbs.
Add the chopped tomatoes.
Add the salt and pepper.
Add some water and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat, cover the pan and simmer for about 45 minutes.
Add the coriander at the end of cooking and stir into the Chilli.

Served below with baked sweet potato – the potato was a really awesome orange colour and very tasty!



  1. Big Adam · · Reply

    Hi Girls,
    I’m an old friend of Brian and Claire’s and roasted the hog last year at the box.
    Great blog by the way not one to have time to read them normally but will definitely try a few of these recipes out.
    I love cooking chilli. I use beef brisket which tastes amazing cooked long and slow with a hundred more times flavour than mince and you should try and add dried chilled (whole) as well to the mix not to blow your head off but it creates a depth of heat that’s great. Got some good BBQ ideas as well will share if you like. Cheers
    Keep up the good work

    Adam, Paula, Beatrix & Harriet x

    1. Of course I remember you Adam, you saved me a burger because I don’t eat hog, you are very awesome my friend! Thank you for the beef brisket and dried chilli tips, they sound amazing and I’m going to try both of those next time I cook this! We’re always looking for recipe ideas too, so please send us anything you can. Big love to you and your girls x

  2. This was REALLY good chilli….. the baked sweet potato with it was a great suggestion. We are loving all of your recipes… this site is like our paleo cooking bible at the moment! Thank you making paleo tasty!

    1. Thank you so much Nic! I have to admit this is one of my favourite recipes and I cook it all the time. Really glad you like the other recipes too, thanks for taking the time to let us know 🙂

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